Re: [PATCH v5] gitweb: redacted e-mail addresses feature.
Eric Wong
Georgios Kontaxis
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2021-04-08 21:04:29 UTC
Eric Wong <> writes:

> Georgios Kontaxis <> wrote:
>> > Georgios Kontaxis via GitGitGadget <> wrote:
>> >> Introduce an 'email-privacy' feature which redacts e-mail addresses
>> >> from the generated HTML content
>> >
>> Eric Wong wrote:
>> > A general reply to the topic: have you considered munging
>> > addresses in a way that is still human readable, but obviously
>> > obfuscated?
>> ...
>> > I also considered Unicode homographs which can look identical
>> > to replacement characters, too; but rejected that idea since
>> > it would cause grief for legitimate users who would not notice
>> > the homograph when pasting into their mail client.
> As a data point, none of the homograph@ candidates I posted here
> on Mar 29 have attracted any attempts on my mail server.

That is an interesting observation.  All homograph@ non-addresses,
if a human corrected the funnies in their spelling, would have hit
whoever handles mailboxes.

I take it to mean that as a future direction, replacing <redacted>
with the obfuscated-but-readable-by-humans homographs is a likely
improvement that would help human users while still inconveniencing
the crawlers.  It may however need some provision to prevent casual
end-users from cutting-and-pasting these homographs, as you said in
your original mention of the homograph approach.

But other than that, does the patch look reasonable?